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Activities to do with your Kids
If you have kids it's nice to change things up every now and then. Not just for their sake but for yours as well. The old saying is "a change is as good as a rest" certainly rings true if you and your kids are bored with the same old routines and activities. Exposing your kids to a wide range of different activities can give them a different perspective on life and help them develop themselves as more well rounded people. It can also do the same for you at the same time. This article discusses some different activities that you can do with your kids to help change things up.
Involve Kids in Your Hobbies
Involving you kids in a hobby of yours may make it more enjoyable for everyone. Even if it is a hobby that you haven't started but are interested in. I recently received a metal detector as a gift, something I've wanted for years. I thought it would be a great opportunity for me and my daughter to spend some time together as well. Kids get easily excited when to prospect of finding "treasures" is involved. I did explain to her that the chances of finding something valuable weren't great but that it is possible. I didn't want to raise her expectations too high and have her get disappointed. We didn't find much but had some fun and spent some quality time together.
Taking the kids to the gym with you is also an option. Most gyms do have weight restrictions on how old a person has to be to use the equipment. Doing a workout always provides a lift to your mood and overall well being. However, having Jr. as a spotter just may not be such a good idea if you're tackling much weight.
Having your kids participate in hobbies you like will strengthen your relationship and make give them some skills and confidence they can carry with them.
Build Something Together
Something I always enjoyed doing with my father was building stuff together. It doesn't have to be anything complicated or anything that requires a lot of fancy tools. A bird house can be built fairly cheaply and without much in the way of tools. There are kits available on-line and in many retail stores that make building one a breeze. It's something you can make and hang outside together. You and the kids can keep an eye out for birds too and see if any make a nest inside. Kids always get excited when there are animals involved.
Play Some Sports
You don't have to be a jock or athletic to have some fun playing some games with your kids. A basketball net and ball make a great pass time for kids of all ages. An adjustable net is a great idea if you have small kids as you can raise it higher as they grow older. It doesn't have to be an expensive endeavor, a couple of mitts and a ball don't cost much. A soccer ball and a couple of buckets for a net is fine. Anything that gets kids outside and moving will be a great benefit. You can always check out your local community center to see what kinds of activities or equipment is available.
Read or Take your Kids to the Book Store
Most children enjoy having books read to them. Having a cuddle and reading them a book is one of my favorite things to do. If you're both tired of the same old books, a trip to your local book store can be a great way to get out and enjoy your afternoon. With lots of books to choose from and plenty of toys and knick-knacks to see your kids will have a great time. You can also go the online option and order books from websites or go the digital route and get the books delivered right to your computer or tablet. Amazon seems to have an almost unlimited source of literature for every genre and age group.
Again, like mentioned earlier exposing your kids to a variety of different activities will help them grow and develop as more well rounded people. The time spent doing these things will also strengthen your relationship and help you appreciate each other a little more. No one should ever be bored in this world. You are limited only by your imagination.